Making and Remaking Asian America through Immigration Policy, 1850-1990

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In 1882, Congress enacted immigration legislation excluding "idiots," "lunatics," and "Chinese laborers." Eventually, a series of laws restricted the entry of every Asian group, though over a period of decades these laws were repealed one by one. The most dramatic change in immigration law came in 1965. Though designed to encourage European immigration, the unintended result of changes in the selection system was that the Asian immigrant population jumped from one million in 1965 to seven million in 1990. This is...
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In 1882, Congress enacted immigration legislation excluding "idiots," "lunatics," and "Chinese laborers." Eventually, a series of laws restricted the entry of every Asian group, though over a period of decades these laws were repealed one by one. The most dramatic change in immigration law came in 1965. Though designed to encourage European immigration, the unintended result of changes in the selection system was that the Asian immigrant population jumped from one million in 1965 to seven million in 1990. This is the first comprehensive study of how U.S. immigration policies have shaped - demographically, economically, and socially - the six largest Asian American communities: Chinese, Filipino, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, and Asian Indian. For each group, the book offers detailed information, much of it previously unknown or too scattered to be useful, on gender ratios, age distributions, foreign- versus American-born ratios, geographic settlement, employment profiles, income, and poverty. The author also focuses on the impact immigration policies have had on three important areas of Asian American life experience - educational performance, political participation, and self-identity. He simply questions the validity of the images of Asian Americans as academic "whiz kids," their communities as relatively lacking in strong political interests, and the presence of a unified Asian American identity. Throughout, the author counters the frequent lumping together of Asian Americans by demonstrating their tremendous diversity of background, history, motivation, and achievement. As their numbers have grown, the visibility of Asian Americans has prompted policymakers, scholars, journalists, community organizers, activists, and, of course, restrictionists to take Asian Americans more seriously. At the same time, they have sometimes become the target of racist hostility, which is occasionally physical but more often sociopolitical and economic, such as the recent conce
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Two Contrasting Schemes: Understanding Immigration Policies Affecting Asians Before and After 1965 17
2 The Communities' Responses: Asian America Prior to 1965 43
3 Social Forces Unleashed After 1965 79
4 Shaping the Vietnamese American Community: Refugee Law and Policy 121
5 Immigration Policy and Asian American Life: Educational Performance, Political Participation, and Identity 139
Epilogue 185
App. A: Chronology of Selected Events and Policies Affecting Asian Immigration 195
App. B: How the Immigration System Worked After 1965 198
App. C: Excerpts from Selected Laws and Cases Affecting Asian Immigration 201
California Foreign Miners Tax (1850) 201
Burlingame Treaty (1868) 201
California Prostitution Law (1869-70) 202
Page Law (1875) 203
Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 203
Scott Act (1888) 204
Geary Act (1892) 205
Chinese Exclusion Laws (1904) 206
Act of March 2, 1907 206
Gentlemen's Agreement Telegram (1908) 207
California Alien Land Law (1913) 212
Immigration Act of 1917 212
Cable Act (1922) 213
Immigration Act of 1924 213
Tydings-McDuffie Act (1934) 214
The Chinese Repealer (1943) 215
Filipino and Indian Naturalization Act (1946) 215
McCarran-Walter Act (1952) 216
Chew Heong v. United States (1884) 217
Yick Wo v. Hopkins (1886) 220
The Chinese Exclusion Case (1889) 221
Fong Yue Ting v. United States (1893) 224
Takao Ozawa v. United States (1922) 226
United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind (1923) 229
Notes 235
Bibliography 309
Index 329
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